Waterfall Maxi Dress

 

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I am beyond excited to share this dress with you today. See I’ve been wanting a maxi dress for, like, ever. 😉 Unfortunately due to my height and figure it’s really hard to find one that’s flattering on me. (I have a very wide torso and am basically straight down with no waist definition at all- kinda the opposite of an hourglass) I’ve been thinking it would be fun to try to make my own maxi but couldn’t settle upon the perfect pattern for it. Sometime after making my waterfall tank– pattern by Sew Caroline, I realized that with some tweaks I could make that into a maxi dress pattern. But then I realized I needed some major fabric yardage to make this idea into a reality. Enter my Liberty of London for Target dress that  I thrifted over 4 years ago!! (yeah sometimes it takes me a while to get around to things-lolz) I found this dress at a Goodwill (along with a sweet Liberty of London tie for the hubs) and even though it was several sizes too large and had a weird off the shoulder thing going on, I knew I had to have it if just for the fabric. When I brought it home, I attempted some revisions on it, but they didn’t work out and it’s sat in my mending bin ever since.

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I’m glad I waited to use the dress because it was perfect for this pattern. First off, I took the tank pattern and added about 25 inches to it- starting with the size M on top and angling out several inches to a nice A-line shape at the bottom. Then I took my dress and carefully

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Waterfall Tank

I got to be a tester for another one of Caroline’s patterns: the Waterfall Tank. (releasing Monday!) This was my first time using rayon challis and I think I might be hooked. It has such a great drape to it- perfect for garments. It is a bit fiddly to sew with so you have to be careful when you cut it out but other than that, its not too bad. I got this particular rayon challis at Wanderlust Fabrics (out of stock right now 😦 ). I just recently discovered them and highly recommend them as a good resource for knits and rayon fabrics. The quality is great, and they will even send you samples upon request so you can see the fabrics before you buy. I got two other knit fabrics with my order and am looking forward to putting them to good use in the near future.

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